LOOK: Chinese Marilyn Monroe Down in the Dump

    Marilyn’s story in China: Being installed, then farewelled by a woman tying a red banner that reads: ‘Don’t leave, Marilyn!’, before being transported to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)Cheeky shot of Marilyn on launch night. (Screenshot/ECNS)Marilyn is launched as a figurehead at a business center in Guiyang on December 29, 2013. (Screenshot/ECNS)Marilyn Monroe abandoned face down at a dump in China. (Screenshot/ECNS)At the dump… Marilyn’s final resting place? (Screenshot/ECNS)Workers prepare to transport Marilyn to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)A welder releases Marilyn’s gigantic shoe so she can be dismantled. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn Monroe is having a rough time of it.

    Here she is, face down in the dirt in southern China. Guigang prefecture to be exact.

    This 27-foot-tall, 8 ton blonde clutched her skirts for six months in front of the Guigang business center. Then she was thrown in the dump.

    The statue was thought to have been a landmark for international operations there, and was popular with locals taking their wedding photos, according to China News Service.

    A pretty colossal waste—several Chinese artists slaved over her for two years. Perfecting that iconic Seven-Year-Itch pose. But the artists had a model.

    The Chinese version is a copy of “Forever Marilyn,” made by U.S. sculptor Seward Johnson. The original has also had a hard time finding a permanent home. In just over four years it has moved from Chicago to Palm Springs to New Jersey.

    What does it all mean?

    Is China making a profound statement about American pop culture? Or modern art?

    Has Marilyn lost her touch? Are we just tired of that provocative pose?

    And, what really eats away at me: How on earth was it transported?

    My only hope is that it can serve some use in recycled form. A jungle gym perhaps? Throw some tarps over her legs for a make-shift shelter?

    Not if residents of Palm Springs have anything to say about it. They have set up a petition on Facebook to ship her to Florida, now that their statue has been lost to New Jersey.

    Marilyn Monroe abandoned face down at a dump in China. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn Monroe abandoned face down at a dump in China. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn is launched as a figurehead at a business center in Guiyang on December 29, 2013. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn is launched as a figurehead at a business center in Guiyang on December 29, 2013. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Cheeky shot of Marilyn on launch night. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Cheeky shot of Marilyn on launch night. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn’s story in China: Being installed, then farewelled by a woman tying a red banner that reads: ‘Don’t leave, Marilyn!’, before being transported to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Marilyn’s story in China: Being installed, then farewelled by a woman tying a red banner that reads: ‘Don’t leave, Marilyn!’, before being transported to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    A welder releases Marilyn’s gigantic shoe so she can be dismantled. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    A welder releases Marilyn’s gigantic shoe so she can be dismantled. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Workers prepare to transport Marilyn to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    Workers prepare to transport Marilyn to the dump. (Screenshot/ECNS)

    At the dump… Marilyn’s final resting place? (Screenshot/ECNS)

    At the dump… Marilyn’s final resting place? (Screenshot/ECNS)

     

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